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K.C. out of running for new Harley plant

September 4, 2009
Filed under Features

Harley-Davidson Inc. informed area development officials that Kansas City is out of the running as a potential site for a new plant, narrowing the field of contenders to three, according to a report in the Nashville Business Journal.

Bob Marcusse, CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council, told the paper Harley officials called Monday morning with the news that Kansas City was out of the running.

“We don’t have a lot of detail,” Marcusse said in the report. “We simply know that the company chose to focus on a couple other sites. But we expect that at some point in the future, we will have an opportunity to debrief with them in some detail.”

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer is still considering three sites as alternatives to keeping production in York, Pa., where Harley-Davidson has about 2,500 employees. The remaining sites are Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Shelbyville, Ind.; and Shelbyville, Ky.

Efficiency issues and a desire for a more centrally located factory led Harley management to rule out Wauwatosa as a possible site for motorcycle assembly operations should the company decide to close its York plant.

The plant would have created about 1,300 jobs, according to the report.

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